Impact of the 2018 Budget on the Education sector – Friday 9 November 2018

This week I report on the impact of the 2018 Budget on the Education sector, the DfE’s new deals for schools to help them to save money and information on the new National Centre for Computing Education.

The 2018 Budget and what it means for Education
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, presented his Budget 2018 speech to Parliament last week. Setting out his spending plans for the next year he said that “the era of austerity is finally coming to an end”.

The Budget allocated a £400 million in-year bonus for schools’ equipment and maintenance, which Mr Hammond said would help schools “buy the little extras they need”. This will be a one-off capital payment made directly to schools and will average around £10,000 per primary school and £50,000 per secondary.

The NEU, NAHT and ASCL have made the “unprecedented” move to consult their members simultaneously over what action to take over school funding. The unions would usually consult their members separately, but they have decided to campaign together after the Budget announcement, which they referred to as a “failure to address the school and college funding crisis”.

DfE Deals for Schools
The DfE has released further deals it has negotiated to enable schools to save money. Both the new and existing deals can be found on the DfE website and include books and materials, ICT, leasing services and facilities management and premises. Has your school’s Business Manager taken a look at this site yet to see if anything could be utilised?

Tech experts to provide National Centre for Computing Education
The UK’s first National Centre for Computing Education will be led by British experts through a consortium made up of STEM Learning, the British Computing Society and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, backed by £84 million of Government investment. The Centre will work with the University of Cambridge, while Google will also support the project with a further £1 million.

The Centre will start working with schools across England later this year, improving teaching and driving up participation in computer science at GCSE and A-Level. It will operate virtually through a national network of up to 40 school-led computing hubs to provide training and resources to primary and secondary schools, and an intensive training programme for secondary teachers without a post A-Level qualification in computer science.